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Virumandi (2004)

A temperamental farmer gets embroiled in a bloody clan feud in a southern Tamil Nadu village.

Director:

Kamal Haasan

Writers:

H. Banerjee (Subtitles), Kamal Haasan
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Cast

Credited cast:
Kamal Haasan ... Virumandi
Abhirami ... Annalachmi
Pasupathy ... Kothaala Thevan
Napolean ... Nallama Naicker
Bala Singh ... Thevar
Nassar ... Chief Jailor Jayanth (as Nasser)
Rohini ... Angela James
Shanmugha Rajan Shanmugha Rajan ... Inspector Peikkaaman
Pyramid Natarajan Pyramid Natarajan ... Vaidhyanadhan
O.A.K. Sunder O.A.K. Sunder ... Kothaala Thevan's Brother
Periya Karuppu Thevar Periya Karuppu Thevar ... Temple Priest
Gnanasambandam ... Cowfight host
Karate Raja Karate Raja ... Virumandi's Sidekick
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sennalkudi Lakshmi Sennalkudi Lakshmi
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Storyline

The take on death penalty told through the story of a temperamental villager caught in between two village clans. Told through an offbeat screenplay inspired by Korosawa's Rashomon, the film narrates two versions of the same incidents. 'Virumaandi' is exhibition of filmmaking & culture of the land it depicts at its very best. Written by PipingHotViews

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Country:

India

Language:

Tamil

Release Date:

26 February 2004 (Kuwait) See more »

Also Known As:

Sandiyar See more »

Filming Locations:

Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,539,137
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Technical Specs

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Shot via live-recorded sound. See more »

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Referenced in Anniyan (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Chandiyera Chandiyera
Performed by Shreya Ghoshal
Music composed by Ilaiyaraaja
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Literally brilliant....
27 December 2008 | by jagdheeshSee all my reviews

The movie is too rooted in the culture of south Tamil Nadu for it to receive universal acclaim. Non-Tamil Speakers, Urban Tamil folks might have serious difficulty understanding the language and culture depicted in the film.

The movie is about a brash, honest, foolish bumpkin who is caught up in the politics of two warring villages. The rivalry between castes, which is a highlight of South Indian politics, has been etched out neatly.

The jail riot scenes remind you of Natural Born Killers vaguely but the jail set, actors and dialogues fit to the T. The capital punishment angle seems a tad bit forced into the movie as the movie doesn't really have anything to do with capital punishment apart from the cameo by a former Indian Judge. That apart, Virumaandi is one of the finest movies to have made it to Indian screens.

The Pros: Brilliant acting, Clever dialogues, Interesting narration, Good Music The Cons: Made for a very niche audience


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